New Blog post series In the Cloud

Last week Microsoft was released whole 2012 R2 (Windows Server and System Center) series, Windows 8.1 and SQL 2014 in preview version. After this Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server and System Center start with series of blog posts called In The Cloud. In this series of blog posts you will be able to find latest technical details about new products.

In first post Brad Anderson explains what is new and how is this connected with client custom specific scenario.

Plan, Design, Implement, Review and Stabilize is one of many topics which Brad was covered in his first post.

In next 8 weeks lot of content will came from Brad Anderson and I will try to keep you informed about all this news an provide you with valid hyperlink to Brad Anderson’s post

First post you can find here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/07/03/what-s-new-in-2012-r2-beginning-and-ending-with-customer-specific-scenarios.aspx

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System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft has announced preview version of whole new System Center 2012 R2 suite.

You can download evaluation version together with Windows Server 2012 R2 preview here

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/system-center-2012-r2.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/windows-server-2012-r2.aspx

How to manage virtual machines on your Windows Server 2012 Core with Hyper-V role.

If you install Windows Server 2012 Core, when you log on to server you will have only command prompt. Difference after you log on between Hyper-V 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Core with Hyper-V role is sconfig (so called blue) window. You can always start sconfig window by typing sconfig to your command prompt.

Hyper-V role by default does not install Hyper-V management console. If you try to run it you will receive error “c:\Windows\System32\virtmgmt.msc” does not exist. To install it you must use PowerShell

PowerShell give us possibility to install different Windows Features. To install Hyper-V management console you will use syntax: Add-WindowsFeature –name RSAT-Hyper-V-Tools

If you want to install other RSAT tools you can type Get-WindowsFeature to see names of available features and then type Add-WindowsFeature –name Name_Of_The_feature

Enabling File Sharing on Windows Server 2012 Core and Hyper-V 2012

One new/old thing about File and Printer Sharing.

If you have Windows server 2012 Core or Hyper-V 2012 server you can face problems where you want to open admin shares on server. If you type \\servername\c$ you will receive error message that you can’t reach this share.

This is because File and Printer sharing is disabled by default in Windows Server 2012 and in Hyper-V 2012. To enable File and Printer Sharing in command prompt you must type:

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”File and Printer Sharing” new enable=Yes

After this you will be able to reach admin shares on Windows Server 2012 Core and Hyper-V 2012.

This is applicable also to Windows Server 2012 with GUI.

Windows 8 MAK activation

When I try to activate Windows 8 enterprise I receive DNS error. This was very strange to me because I normally could open web pages in same time.

This was happened because Windows 8 enterprise by default try to activate itself using KMS

So I found workaround on Microsoft web pages and here it is

First you must run Command Prompt as Administrator (right click in lower left corner of the screen)

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Then in command prompt you have to type slmgr.vbs –ipk your_product_key

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Hit Enter an then you will receive this message: Installed product key your_product_key successfully.

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When you check your windows activation you will see that your copy of windows is activated now

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NOTE your product key should look a like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx, where x could be any number or character